Beach School

K-5 Neighborhood and Dual Immersion (Spanish/English)

1710 N Humboldt StPortland, OR 97217Ph 503-916-6236Fx 503-916-2315

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  • I matter to Beach, Beach Matters to me!
    ¡A mi me Importa la Escuela Beach y Yo le importo a la Escuela Beach! 

Beach School Directory

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    Additionally, don't forget to download our free app by searching for "Membership Toolkit" to make directory access even more convenient. If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to reach out to us at beachcommunityunion@gmail.com.

School Newsletter

Principals Message

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    As we head into a new month and evolving seasons, I find myself reflective of what has been accomplished by our team already this year and focused on the momentum that is building as we learn about and connect with our students over time.

    This past month I have personally learned a lot, and know there is much more to learn. From my earliest conversations to today, I am hearing many shared goals and hopes for how school will support each of our students in being affirmed, confident, prepared, and finding joy in learning. A clear sentiment has also emerged about feeling the loss of celebration and tradition after multiple years navigating important safety measures and pauses on how we come together.

    As a school, we are committed and energized by the ability to rebuild and re-imagine our school experiences and opportunities that bring us together, in community. We are actively working to design school specific events as a staff and through partnership with other organizations, such as the BCU. Our actions will be guided by the commitment to inclusivity and being mindful of how our decisions contribute to a sense of belonging and learning.

    I am hopeful and confident that what we will create will expand and honor the spirit of our shared goals for each of our students. No matter the day of the year, this is what we are always seeking to accomplish.

    We look forward to sharing more and appreciating the contributions of ideas for what brings us together!

     

    - Kelli

Garden Journal

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  • Friends of Beach Gardens: Save the Date Sunday 11/6 & Other News

    Hello Friends of Beach Gardens,

    Next work party  
    Sunday 11/6, tentatively 8am - noon
    Let's hope for rain by then to soften the grounds for easier weeding. And maybe even some planting! 
     
    Gardening with students 
    Rhiannon Leonard is our Beach Garden Coordinator, bringing gardening education and experiences into the classroom and teaching the SUN gardening program. If you've been paying attention, she's hugely transformed the vegetable garden in the last six weeks. If not ;) a photo of the dense jungle it was in August is attached as reminder. More updates here: https://www.smore.com/wbg60 
    Rhiannon continues to do prep work in the gardens Wednesdays 1pm-3pm. Pop by any week to join in. Because this is during school hours, you will need to have completed the PPS Volunteer Background Check and should check in with the office before heading to the gardens.
     
    Project wishlist
    I'm inviting you to contribute to this project wishlist. What do you see as short- and long-term projects to have in mind? What perspective can you offer any projects listed already? 
    As a parent, neighbor, teacher, etc, what do you see as the biggest priorities? What would best support students and staff? Would you like to lead any of these efforts? 
    Surely many of these projects will be more than we can take on entirely as a scrappy group of volunteers, but we can use this list to come together on priorities and see what resources we can drum up over time to make our vision(s) happen. 
     
    Adopt a bed, adopt a tree
    Would you have interest in adopting a small area of the garden/grounds, that is, checking in on maintenance on a semi-regular basis? For example, watering new plantings in front of the Beach sign while we wait for rain, pruning suckers from trees, keeping tabs on the tree-of-heaven menace that keeps popping its head up around the blacktop, and more. If so, send me a note and your area of interest!
     
    Add'l shout outs
    Thank you to Jude Hawley for the donations of the plants in front of the Beach sign and her continuing care of them (where's the rain!?!). 
    And thank you to Autumn Davidson for lending tree watering bags to some drought-suffering young trees!
     
    Best,
    Ali Lucas
     
  • Garden Journal Sept/Oct

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District News

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  • McDaniel Junior Takes Top Honors in State Solo Music Contest

    When Beckham Weatherby picks up his tuba, the rest of the world falls away. 

    “I don’t get that nervous and I don’t get stage fright at all,” he said. “I guess I got lucky with how my body reacts to performing in front of crowds.”

    Which is something the McDaniel High School junior has done quite a bit of lately. Not only is he a member of the prestigious Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP) and the PYP conservatory orchestra, but he recently earned first prize in the tuba solo performance category at the Oregon State Solo Music Championships.

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  • Bon Voyage, Miss Ellie: Teacher Retires After 50 Years at PPS

    Miss Ellie helps students hold a chick.

    The first things you notice when you walk into Ellie Jensen’s classroom at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School are peace and warmth. Then you hear the laughter of children. Then you just might see two posters hanging on the walls that tell you a great deal about the kind of teacher she has been for the past 50 years. The posters simply say, “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go” and “Be a friend.”

    Jensen, known as “Miss Ellie” to the hundreds of students she has taught in her half a century as a Portland Public Schools educator, can’t help but light up a room. And she is a friend to all children. 

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  • Food Pantry Gets a Makeover, Courtesy of McDaniel’s CTE Art Students

    We dare you to drive by the Mainspring Food Pantry on the corner of 82nd Avenue and Fremont and not do a double take. Or a triple take. 

    Students from McDaniel High School’s art-focused Career Technical Education (CTE) class have spent the last four weeks turning the exterior walls of the pantry into one, huge, joyful mural as part of the course’s exploration of climate justice and community engagement.

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  • Earthstock Brings the Joy to the Crystal Ballroom

     Two students dance at Earthstock 2024.

    A little over 30 years ago, a Madison High School student named Joseph Janson had a simple wish. He wanted to go to a dance. But nothing was simple for Joseph, who was born with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy and was confined to a wheelchair. 

    He confided his wish to Tony Nitz, who at that time was an educational assistant at Madison (now Leodis V. McDaniel High School). Tony had been working one-on-one with Joseph for months and he immediately went about making the young man’s dream come true.

    “The truth is, I would have done anything for Joseph,” Nitz said. “He was a unique person, and we had a very special bond.”

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